CableLabs joins 5G testing race

As cablecos become more significant in the US wireless competitive landscape, so their standards organization, CableLabs, is increasingly interested in 5G. The group has filed applications with the FCC for a Special Temporary Authority (STA) to test the performance characteristics of 5G prototypes in high frequency bands, notably 27.5-28.35 GHz and 71-75 GHz.

CableLabs wants to start tests on July 8 this year and run them for six months in three Colorado towns including the organization’s home location of Louisville. It will be looking at issues of coverage, throughput, latency and operational considerations such as installation, electrical power and footprint.

Mark Walker, CableLabs’ principal strategist, told FierceWirelessTech that there will be indoor and outdoor tests using equipment from various manufacturers.

Last year, CableLabs was granted permission to use Clearwire’s 2.5 GHz spectrum to test how LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) coexisted with WiFi.

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